Originally Posted by p4pcummins
Does it scare you the fact that Rory was beating Lawler in the first 2 rounds alone.
The fact that Rory had an injury and a bad training camp.
The fact that he probably would have won if it was a 5 round fight.
These are only scare tactics, Ill admit that. I wouldnt even base him winning on these "excuses". I believe he is the better striker and maybe you will see it.
But I also recognize that Robbie could very well win as Rory has a lot of difficulty with southpaw fighters.
Lawler is clearly the better striker, as he got the better of the vast majority of exchanges, and has a much more diverse skill set. He's more technically proficient, fluid, and has an overwhelming power advantage. Not to mention, Lawler's fight style is the absolute worst match up for Rory.
Rory has to control the pace of the fight, and dictate the range. When he does so, he runs a clinic on his opponent. Lawler switches between ranges at will, breaking Rory's rhythm, preventing Rory from truly becoming comfortable.
Rory can win, but he will have to utilize his striking in order to clinch with Lawler, tire him out along the fence, and keep him backed up to it (this forces Lawler to fight at the range Rory chooses). If he tries to out strike Lawler, he will be frustrated yet again, and likely get finished.